Blenders and toaster ovens are great, but our favorite kitchen appliance has to be the slow cooker. A weeknight lifesaver, it’s the best way to get a healthy and delicious meal on the table without spending hours hunched over the stove. But it’s not just for beef stew, either—click through the slideshow below to see all the possibilities.

Italian Meatballs

Homemade meatballs may seem daunting, but this recipe from Kristen Lindsay couldn’t be easier. Just form the meatballs, layer them with pasta sauce in the slow cooker, and let them do their thing for a few hours. Get all the details by clicking here.

photo: Kristen Lindsay

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— Erin Lem